Cape Town, Cairo, Churchill, Crater Lake, Cuba, Cape Breton… I can think of many places I’d like to go that begins with the letter C, but I am going to choose Cuba. In a way I am bit sad not to have visited while the embargo was on. The whole embargo thing seemed wrong, especially as it went into its fifth decade. I’m glad Obama decided to end it. Now that it is legal to visit, some of the adventure is gone, but I’d still enjoy visiting. Like Obama, I’d catch a baseball game or two.
|Train leaving Havana|
-from the internet as I've not been there to take my own photos
What I really want to do is to explore the island via train, taking it from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. Sadly, from what I hear, the train has fallen into disrepair and is always behind (but then I have no problem in taking my chances when it comes to a train. In addition to the train, I’d hope to spend some time hiking in the mountains as John Muir had wanted to do before catching malaria. I’d also spend a few days swimming and sunning on the lovely beaches that ring the island and a night or two in old Havana. For souvenirs, I’d shop from cubavera linen shirts, maybe even a linen suit (now that I’m living down south, there is no need to adding more wool to my wardrobe). I’d also pick up a bottle of rum, some coffee, bottles of hot sauce, and a bunch of cigars to share with friends. To learn more about trains in Cuba, check out the dude in seat 61. He writes about trains all over the world and his website is the place to go to find out about rail travel.